The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

“I love Arlene” were the first three words uttered on the DUP’s final Northern Assembly election broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday morning. The(...)

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP’s Arlene Foster, SDLP’s Colum Eastwood and the Alliance Party’s David Ford during the Noel Thompson-hosted election debate on BBC. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/PA

Finally, at the end of a lacklustre Northern Assembly election campaign, there was some spark when the leaders of the North’s five main parties battle(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) stands with with party colleagues during her party’s election billboard launch outside Titanic Belfast. Photograph: PA

Social and economic concerns have vied for prominence with traditional orange and green issues in a Stormont Assembly election campaign that has been (...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast South – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

South Belfast is one of the most competitive of all the North’s 18 constituencies in this Northern Ireland Assembly election. There will be intense(...)

Belfast High Court

A Stormont department unlawfully stopped a convicted murderer continuing to work as a groundskeeper, the High Court in Belfast heard yesterday. Law(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Regular issues such as jobs, health and education will feature in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign but distilled to its essentials(...)

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney at the launch of the ‘Head On’ concussion management programme in February. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

‘Tackle him, Winter!” bellowed my schoolmaster from the touchline. A pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, where obedience was prized and rugby demanded a (...)

Stormont Parliament buildings: The problem goes beyond everyone knowing everyone else, or of our ‘elites’ being more of a brass ring than a golden circle.  File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

I must confess to a provincial thrill at Northern Ireland’s Nama scandal – and I may not be alone. Last week’s BBC Spotlight investigation featured hi(...)

 DUP First Minister Arlene Foster. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin could “take Northern Ireland” within weeks. Thus First Minister Arlene Foster in her leader’s address to the DUP annual conference last wee(...)